"Roy Rak Hak Liam Tawan" is the first story in 'The Rising Sun' series. It is about a Thai lady name Preawdao/Seiko who just got a scholarship from Japan for her Master's degree in Economics. Preawdao's beauty impressed Takeshi, the second son of a very powerful family, Onizuka. He keeps following her from a distance, but never approaches her. Finally, Ryu, Takeshi's cousin helps him talk to her and their relationship begins. When Preawdao finds out that Takeshi & Ryu are members of gokudō, a powerful family, she becomes afraid and distances herself from them. Takeshi doesn’t give up, and goes every day go to her class to watch her from distance. To complicate things further, Takeshi already has a fiancé his father has arranged for him to marry from another powerful family. When his dad and brother die from a car bomb he becomes the Oyabun. the head of Onizuka's gang. He announces that he will not marry his fiancé until he gets revenge for those responsible for his dad & brother’s death. Aiko, his arranged fiance, is in love with Takeshi. When gangsters kidnap Preawdao, Takeshi risks his life to rescue her. To ensure Preawdao's safety, Takeshi takes her in and announces that she is his mistress. Even more problems begin for the couple. As the head of the family his rivals begin attacking him at his weakest point, his loved one, Preawdao. She becomes prey and a mark for all his enemies. Edit Translation
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Story: This drama centers around the honor of old samurai families. The way the families were presented gave off more of a Yakuza vibe, but that was one of the things that drew me in. There is an unfortunate love triangle that just KILLS me because we really didn't need that. It was just... sad and heartbreaking.
Acting/Cast:The good characters were angels and the bad characters were downright unforgivable. Aiko was TOO much! But, like any good 'villain,' the plot line would have been so boring and gone nowhere without her. And, even though I went into this drama really interested in the main couple (Seiko and Takeshi) the supporting couple (Mayumi and Ryu) were solid too. (Glad they'll be focused on in the sequel)
Music: Good. Whenever a drama's OST allows me to recognize the drama instantly, I can't really hate it too much.
Rewatch Value: No. Although I love watching Lakorns, the 2 hour runtime is a bit much to sit through the first time around, let alone a second time when I know exactly what is going to happen and when. Especially when it comes to the ending that only wrapped up for our main couple in a happy ending. Most everyone else got a bad ending, and anticlimactic ending or no ending at all. I'll give the writer/director/etc the benefit of the doubt that it was left like it was in hopes that the sequel would cover some.
Overall: I'd recommend it. This isn't something that is easily marathoned like other dramas. As I've said the runtime is a bit much for casual interest. But if you're interested in dipping your toe into the Lakorn pool, this isn't a bad place to start.